The Dealing School
If you’re interested in becoming a casino dealer, this website is your first step in dealer training. Here you will have all of your questions answered.
Let’s get a few of those questions out of the way right off the bat.
Q: How much money do dealers make?
A: The simple answer is that dealers earn minimum wage plus tips. However, there is a drastic variation, depending entirely in the casino where you work. If you have no experience in gaming and no point of reference, think of it like a restaurant. The waitress who works at Denny’s is going to make a lot less money than a waitress who works at Morton’s Steakhouse. Basically, casino dealers’ salaries range from around $25,000 – $110,000 per year.
Q: How do I secure a job at a “good” casino (the Morton’s Steakhouse of casinos, as opposed to the Denny’s of casinos)?
A: There are a lot of factors involved in getting a good job, but it basically boils down to skill, timing, personality, and luck. If you’ve got a great personality or you’re incredibly attractive, casinos may be willing to take a chance on you. After all, the casinos are there to attract players. Big personalities and good looks are definitely attractive. Experience and skill also play a major role. Casinos want dealers who will not make mistakes, as mistakes (or slow, inexperienced dealers) can wind up costing them a lot of money.
Q:Where is the best place to learn how to deal casino table games?
A: Every casino, in fact every region, has a basic set of expectations as far as casino procedure. Atlantic City dealers have different training than Las Vegas dealers. But Las Vegas is Las Vegas, so whether one style of training is better than another or not, Las Vegas sets the standard.You can’t go wrong with a dealer training school in Vegas.
There are also more dealing schools in Las Vegas than anywhere else, so the prices tend to be lower. It may not be a bad idea to spend 4-8 weeks in Las Vegas learning how to deal table games, as your education will be recognized nationwide.
Q: How much experience do dealers need before they can get a good dealing job?
A: In regions where gaming is new, you may not need as much experience to get into a good casino dealing position. However, to give you an idea in an established city, dealers at lower end properties on the Las Vegas Strip (Circus Circus, Luxor, and the Riviera) tend to need 6 months to 1 year of experience. Dealers at high end properties (Wynn Las Vegas, Cosmopolitan, and Mandalay Bay) tend to require applications to have 3-5 years of experience. There are always exceptions (having a big personalty helps!), but these numbers give you an idea.
This site is an informational guide to help get you started on your casino dealing adventure. I’ll cover the main casino games – including the basics of how to play them and how to get excellent dealer training in order to deal them. What you decide to do with this information is up to you. I’ve known successful dealers who were trained at a Las Vegas dealing school and I’ve also known successful dealers who were trained by actual casinos. I’ve even met dealers who claimed to have learned how to deal table games based on YouTube videos!
Enjoy your casino tour!